Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said a "deeply disappointing" settlement confirmed that councils had abandoned any pretence that they can deliver fair and competitive salaies. Teacher shortages would accelerate, undermining the Scottish Executive's schools improvement agenda.
Norman Murray, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, praised the unions for a "mature approach" in acknowledging it was the seventh year ministers had made no allowance for funding council pay rises.
The deal means graduate teachers will start out on pound;14,550, an increase of pound;354, while the maximum pay for unpromoted teachers will be pound;23,313, up by pound;570.
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